May and June 2019

In this issue:


Dear Alamo Friends and Families,

As we approach the final few weeks of the school year, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the Alamo students, staff and parents who continuously work together to make our school great!  We have achieved so much together and I look forward to celebrating our accomplishments from the Kindergarten Step Up Ceremony to the 5th Grade Graduation and everything else in between!

Please take time to enjoy your family and have a safe and fun summer!


Calendar on Apple iOS 11.3  May 2019:

  •  5/17, Friday, 9:00-10:00 am - “Coffee and Conversation”, library
  •  5/18, Saturday, 12:30-5:00pm- End of Year Celebration Family Day and Picnic at Sports Basement *Picnic is weather permitting
  •  5/22, Wednesday, 9:15-10:00am - 1st Grade Nagata Dance Performance, auditorium
  •  5/23, Thursday - 5th Grade Giants Game
  •  5/24, Friday- 1st and 2nd Grades Chorus Performance Fieldtrip to Lowell HS with Richard Herron
  •  5/27, Monday- School Closed, Memorial Day
  •  5/28, Tuesday, 1:30pm- Annual Staff vs 5th Grade Kickball Game
  •  5/29, Wednesday, 6:30pm- Alamo Friendship Chorus End-Of-Year Show, auditorium
  •  5/31, Friday, 10:00am- Kindergarten Stepping Up Ceremony, auditorium
  •  5/31, Friday- 5th Grade Picnic, Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park
  •  5/31, Friday- Last Day to turn in BoxTops to the Main Office

June 2019:

  • 6/04, Tuesday, 9am- 5th Grade Promotion Exercises and Reception, auditorium
  • 6/04, Tuesday- Last Day of School


Let's get together before the school year ends!   Please join us May 18th for a family yoga, Sports Basement discount and snacks, followed by a potluck picnic.   

On that day, ALL Alamo families get a 11% discount (Basementeers get 20%) at Sports Basement. 

Family yoga class will be held at Presidio Sports Basement's Big Room, 12:30-1:30pm.  Please bring your own yoga mat or you can purchase one at the Sports Basement using Alamo school discount.  Suggested donation is $5-10 per family. 

The picnic, weather permitting, will be at the beach across from House of Air (in front of Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, 991 Marine Dr.) from 1:30-3:30pm.  Please bring food for your family and for friends to share. 



Thank you to our outgoing PTA President, Ron Rittinger, Executive Vice President, Chris Wright, Treasurer Igor Kopman, Secretary Alicia Chen, VP of Communications Christine Ko, VP of Community Affairs Karen Nelson and Volunteer Coordinator Rachel Gee for your leadership and services. 

Congratulations to our newly elected PTA officers for 2019-2010:  President Rachel Gee, Executive Vice President Natalie Natoney, Treasurer May Liu, Secretary Danielle Willms and VP of Communications Sharon Ohlson



On Wedneday April 24, hundreds of students from elementary schools throughout San Francisco participated in SFUSD's annual 4th grade 5K run.  This event took place in the Hellman Hollow picnic area of Golden Gate Park. 

Congratulations to Woody S. for coming in 1st place citywide!  The other top four Alamo finishers for the 5k are Ethan N., Graham D., Callan M., and Kaito G.



Thank you to all the parents and children who sold raffle tickets, donated auction items, participated in the online auction, and came out for the gala on Friday, April 26.  Our collective hard work and dedication allowed us to significantly surpass previous years and bring in more than $100k for our wonderful enrichment programs.  We were absolutely blown away by our children who raised $43k in the raffle alone, crushing their $30k goal! 

As a community, we need to give a huge thank you to the moms who put in all the hard work on our record-breakingly successful and fantastically fun auction and raffle! If you see these ladies, please give them a warm and sincere thank you for the efforts they made this year in their successful fundraisers and party!

Thank you to our Auction Chairs: Tejal Patel, Tatyana Boone and Tasia Neeve!  

Thank you to our Raffle Chairs: Vanessa Thomas and Lily Wong!

And thank you to our online auction chair and raffle spreadsheet expert: Christine Ko!

Next year our students will benefit from all their efforts! This will include funds from our paddle raise, which raised enough money for a new Chromebook cart filled with 40 Chromebooks!



The San Francisco Unified School District proudly presented the SFUSD Art Festival: a celebration of student creativity in visual, literary, media, and performing arts hosted by the Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center from April 27 to May 5.  Ms. Deborah submitted the art work of the following Alamo students for display at the annual SF Youth Arts Festival:

2nd Grader: Lexie N. and Haia K.

4th Graders: Vaughn A., Asma A., Sherri D., Annabel F., Natalie H., Avery L., Samantha L., Hailey M., Amanda O., Genesis S., Anson T., Kourtney T., Anthony V., and Jada Z. 

5th Graders: Conn H., Lucas L., Noe P., Matthias S., and Davis S.



Alamo was one of the four schools recognized by the SF Department of the Environment for their efforts and received the 2019 Environmental School Education Award!  On May 6, 12 Alamo students (Mehdi G., Samuel C., Sydney C., Caden H., Emily W., Jessica W., Kristina K., Maddux S., Samuel B., Caprice T., Blossom B., and Michael K.) along with Principal Fong, Ms. Bekkah, Ms. Mary, Mr. Eduardo, and Ms. Ivy represented our school at a special award ceremony at City Hall for our efforts to be green in the cafeteria and in the garden.   Our youth represent our future and are leading the next generation towards sustainability -- through recycling & composting monitors, experiencing nature through school gardens and establishing student-led sustainability positions at school.



Halloween Carnival - We continued our long-standing tradition at Alamo celebrating Halloween with a costume parade around the block followed by our Carnival.

Friendship Chorus - Throughout the year, Alamo's chorus entertained us with their performances: Friendship Friday, Sweet Sounds of the Holidays at Alamo, Grandparents & Special Friends Day, and Imagination

Family Coding Night - We had our first family coding night to celebrate Computer Science Education Week with 6 different coding activities that kept our students engaged all evening.

Alamo Community of Sharing - Alamo community came together and helped provide healthy bags of groceries and small gifts to Alamo families during the holiday season at Thanksgiving break and again before winter break.

Alamo Day at the Food Bank - 60 Alamo parents and children volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank.  All together the group processed almost 2,000 pounds of rice and pasta, enough to feed 2,000 families.

Talent Show - Student dancers, singers, musicians, athletes and artists wowed us with their talents! 

Science Fair - Over 90 budding scientists displayed their projects and experiments - once again, the science fair showed off Alamo students' curiosity and ingenuity.



  • Invest in Alamo (IIA) raised $64,000 in donations, exceeding this year's goal of $60,000. 
  • 190 families ordered SQUARE1 ART and almost $2,000 were raised for the school!  Keep ordering year round from this year's art or previous years'- Alamo always gets 33% of all profits.
  • In the Fall, the GOLF TOURNAMENT raised $20,000!
  • In October, the HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL raised $13,100!
  • Students spelled their way to $32,000 during the annual SPELL-A-THON!
  • The RAFFLE and AUCTION raised a combined total of $100,000. RAFFLE ticket sales raised over $39,000 after expenses including cash prize payouts. The online and live AUCTION event raised over $61,000 after expenses. This includes $15,600 from the paddle raise which will fund a Chromebook cart filled with 40 new Chromebooks for our classrooms!
  • Your participation in SHOP-TO-EARN programs like Amazon Smile, Good Eggs and Sports Basementeer earned nearly $1,900!
  • Gator Gear purchase from the PTA STORE raised $3,670!

This INCREDIBLE support from our community helps provide amazing enrichment programs for all the Alamo students: music, outdoor education, literacy specialists, art, technology and more. 




May Assignments

  • 5/20 - Room 212 (Ms. Elliott)
  • 5/28 - Room 214 (Mr. Siedman)

June Assignment

  • 6/3 - Room 215 (Ms. Formalejo)

Alamo Elementary
250 23rd Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121 - USA


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